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2021 Capitol Report, March 12

INTRO

 

WITH EIGHT DAYS TO GO IN THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION, STATE LAWMAKERS WILL BE WORKING WELL INTO THE WEEKEND.

KOB 4’S CHRIS RAMIREZ EXPLAINS WHAT’S ON DECK IN THE ROUNDHOUSE.

 

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THE NEW MEXICO CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WILL BE HEARD ON THE SENATE FLOOR — MOST LIKELY NEXT WEEK.

THIS BILL CREATES A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO SUE STATE GOVERNMENT, CITIES, COUNTIES AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS IF THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED BY A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE.  AND IT REMOVES QUALIFIED IMMUNITY.

BRENDA BOATMAN, A LOBBYIST, BELIEVES NEW MEXICANS SHOULD HAVE AN AVENUE IN STATE COURTS FOR THESE TYPES OF CLAIMS.

 

<Brenda Boatman, Lobbyist>

House Bill 4 would allow New Mexicans who have had their rights violated to have their day in court.

 

BUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS BELIEVE THE INCREASED LITIGATION COULD BANKRUPT SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND CITIES AND COUNTIES.

FARMINGTON POLICE CHIEF STEVE HEBBE WORRIES IT WILL HURT SMALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS.

 

<Chief Steve Hebbe, Farmington Police Dept.>

It will not accomplish the fundamental goal we started with when George Floyd was killed and that is to hold bad actors accountable.

 

HAPPENING TODAY– A HOUSE COMMITTEE WILL DEBATE A BILL AIMED AT EXPANDING BROADBAND FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.

THE HOPE IS TO CONNECT MORE NEW MEXICO STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TO THE INTERNET FOR SCHOOL WORK ON SCHOOL CAMPUS OR IN REMOTE LEARNING SETTINGS.¬† IF PASSED TODAY, THAT BILL GOES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND THEN THE GOVERNOR’S DESK.

AND THIS WEEKEND– DEBATE OVER HOW TO FUND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CONTINUES. HOUSE JOINT RESOULTION 1 AIMS AT TAPPING INTO NEW MEXICO’S PERMANENT FUND TO EDUCATE OUR YOUNGEST NEW MEXICANS.

I’M CHRIS RAMIREZ, KOB 4 FOR THE NEW MEXICO NEWS NETWORK.

 

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